Why His Selfies May Mean He's A Psychopath (Says Science)

Why His Selfies May Mean He's A Psychopath

Oh, and he's a narcissist too!

If you're on Hinge, Tinder or Happn, you probably have a few no-brainer dealbreakers for profile pictures. You know, the swipe-left-before-you-even-open-their-profile-or-read-their-name kind. It's natural behavior for these games, I mean, dating apps.

Ready for mine? Pictures with guns (NO), only pictures with sunglasses (Why would I trust a dude who can't show his eyes ever?), pictures at the gym (OK calm down) and—you guessed it—SELFIES.

I know, I know, mom and dad take them, there are songs and TV shows about them, it's now in the dictionary and blah, blah, blah. But just because selfies are ubiquitous doesn't mean they need to be in your profile. There's a big difference between taking a picture of yourself for yourself and posting it on a site where people are forming an opinion about you in mere seconds.

My red flags come out with the selfies because 1) Of all the hundreds of pictures of you on your phone or online that is one of the better ones? 2) It's probably not ... and it makes me question your judgement 3) Exactly how many of these do you have? 4) You're vain or insecure. Or both.

And it looks like I'm not the only one who can't deal with guys posting selfies. Science has my back once again.

A new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that the amount of selfies men post (and how often they edit them) reveal a lot about his personality.

Researchers asked 800 men about their social media and selfie snapping habits. They then completed personality questionnaires to evaulate their narcissistic, psychopathic, and more (fun!) antisocial personality traits.

If He's Posting Tons Of Selfies ...
What the researchers found is that the more a guy takes and posts pictures of himself on Facebook, Instagram, etc, the more narcissistic and psychopathic tendencies has. 

While it's not that surprising the guys who post their solo pics are more narcissistic (though this is the first study to prove it), researchers definitely found it interesting that they're scoring high on psychopathy, which indicates lack of empathy for others and more impulsive behavior.

If He's Editing His Selfies ...
As for the aspiring photo editor out there who removes his blemishes and gives himself a Miami tan before posting on Instagram? Rest assured, he is not a psychopath. 

"Psychopathy is characterized by impulsivity. They are going to snap the photos and put them online right away. They want to see themselves. They don’t want to spend time editing," says Jesse Fox, lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication at The Ohio State University.

Instead, your kissy face fella in sepia ranks pretty high on the narcissism and self-objectification scales!

What It All Means ...
Of course, this doesn't mean your oversharing boyfriend or the guy with the bad mirror selfie on Hinge is necessarily a full-blown psychopath. The men in the study all scored within the normal range of behavior—but with higher than average levels of these anti-social traits. I think we can all agree though that they're definitely not sending a good message.

This is also one of the first times self-objectification (aka valuing your appearance over all other positive traits) has been studied in heterosexual men, the researchers pointed out.

"We know that self-objectification leads to a lot of terrible things, like depression and eating disorders in women," Fox said. "With the growing use of social networks, everyone is more concerned with their appearance. That means self-objectification may become a bigger problem for men, as well as for women."

You're probably wondering about where women fall on these scales. Well, this study only looked at American males and there's no comparable data for us yet either. So, until there is, keep posing loud and proud with that Selfie Stick, ladies.


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